• my husband has had 7 radiation treatments mucus is so bad he cant eat or drink. Has anyone else had this. he is stage 3 esophegal cancer

    Asked by AllisonV on Saturday, October 6, 2012

    my husband has had 7 radiation treatments mucus is so bad he cant eat or drink. Has anyone else had this. he is stage 3 esophegal cancer

    His esophegus is burning as well which is making it even harder. The numbing mouth wash doesnt seem to be working and he says it just swims around in his esophegus. Thankfully he is getting TPN through is port
    Does anyone have advice to help ease esphegeal burning?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • patchez0's Avatar

      I have larnex cancer and just finished treatments 4 weeks ago, I am expiencing the same problem the pain at times is so bad....They have me on two pain medicatrions, ....but even then eating is painful, and burns....I'd be interested in knowing if you find anything that works. (I am on loratab and a fental patch) It does kill the pain abit but not enough to say it's gone...

      about 4 years ago
    • TammyF's Avatar

      Is he using muguard aka magic mouth wash, it really helps my husband ..same cancer

      about 4 years ago
    • Stevedarke's Avatar

      Hi Allison

      You don’t say what medication he is having, but many with this cancer are plagued with mucus. The mucus glands will be over producing, most likely because of the tumour growth. I have found getting a pat on the back and coughing up as much as possible can help. You need to find something that will ease the irritation to stop the mucus forming. You are doing the right thing by keeping the mouth clean and should brush at least 3 times a day. Gaviscon can be helpful along with omeprazole, however I have found Zantac to be more effective. The trick I have found is to cough as much up as possible and not attempt to eat or drink for a while, then take a zantac followed by some gaviscon.

      It may be that a stent needs to be fitted and is something you should maybe talk to your medical team about. The symptoms he is having can be hard to control but press your doctor to come up with a solution, but sometimes you have to experiment a little to see what best works. I was lucky enough to have an operation and am now leading a near normal life. This illness is wicked, however there are things that can be done to help so don’t be frightened to push for the help you need.


      almost 4 years ago

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